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In Search of the Killer Mobile App, Part 1: Will LMS Vendors Lead the Way for Higher Ed? - Eduventures

In Search of the Killer Mobile App, Part 1: Will LMS Vendors Lead the Way for Higher Ed? - Eduventures | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
By Jeff Alderson, Principal Analyst

Think of the last time you told a coworker about an app, one you recommended that they download right away. Was it education related? Did it specifically target higher education users? We’re going to go out on a limb and assume that it didn’t, because—from where we sit—the “must-have” app for higher ed doesn’t exist yet.
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I've worked with more Learning Management Systems than most. I've touch everything on this list. Most of what I need is there, although more often than not some central authority hasn't flipped the switches I need to get to the tools I'd use.

 

As far as killer apps, mobile is essential.  If an LMS isn't fully functional on a tablet, it's a lame duck.

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I've worked with more Learning Management Systems than most. I've touch everything on this list. Most of what I need is there, although more often than not some central authority hasn't flipped the switches I need to get to the tools I'd use.

 

As far as killer apps, mobile is essential.  If an LMS isn't fully functional on a tablet, it's a lame duck.

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JOIN EFF and UNESCO to Debate Mobile Learning 

JOIN EFF and UNESCO to Debate Mobile Learning  | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Streaming Live - Monday March 7th at 6pm GMT

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JOIN EFF and UNESCO to debate how Mobile Technology is Strengthening Life-Long learning

 

JOIN this Important Global Debate - Innovation and Quality: Two Sides of Same Coin? - Monday March 7th at 6pm GMT. LIVE from @UNESCO Mobile Learning Week in Paris.

 

What are the pros and cons of Mobile Technology and how can it enhance Life-Long learning?

 

The 17th Education Fast Forward Global Debate entitled Innovation and Quality: Two sides of same coin?, will be streamed live on Monday 7th March 2016 at 6pm GMT from Mobile Learning Week in Paris at www.EFFDEBATE.ORG (There is no need to register for this free event).

 

The #EFF17Edu Debate will be chaired by Education World Forum Program Director Gavin Dykes.


Speakers will include Jim Knight, The Rt Hon. the Lord Knight of Weymouth, Mike Sharples, Professor of Educational Technology at The Open University, and Maria Soledad Ramirez Montoya, Professor and researcher at the School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences Tecnológico de Monterrey, and Thomas M Philips, Associate Professor at UCLA.

The latest news on mobile learning will be discussed with an aim to better understand the educational promises, limitations and risks of new ICT tools and pedagogies. Expert panelists will examine some of the ways technology is fostering innovation throughout the education sector: at the level of systems, schools, classrooms and individuals. The panel will also debate how innovations in mobile technology can best transform pedagogy.

 

For more information on #EFF17Edu Debate: http://bit.ly/EFF17mlw

To add your questions and comments to the debate via Twitter please use the #EFF17Edu hashtag.

 

Education Fast Forward (EFF) is a charity and their purpose is to develop and grow a global movement of teachers, students, leaders and policy makers who understand education’s challenges well and will support each other in tackling them and so will accelerate improvement of education and education’s systems so they move faster forward.

 

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JOIN EFF and UNESCO to debate how Mobile Technology is Strengthening Life-Long learning

 

JOIN this Important Global Debate - Innovation and Quality: Two Sides of Same Coin? - Monday March 7th at 6pm GMT. LIVE from @UNESCO Mobile Learning Week in Paris.

 

What are the pros and cons of Mobile Technology and how can it enhance Life-Long learning?

 

The 17th Education Fast Forward Global Debate entitled Innovation and Quality: Two sides of same coin?, will be streamed live on Monday 7th March 2016 at 6pm GMT from Mobile Learning Week in Paris at www.EFFDEBATE.ORG (There is no need to register for this free event).

 

The #EFF17Edu Debate will be chaired by Education World Forum Program Director Gavin Dykes.


Speakers will include Jim Knight, The Rt Hon. the Lord Knight of Weymouth, Mike Sharples, Professor of Educational Technology at The Open University, and Maria Soledad Ramirez Montoya, Professor and researcher at the School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences Tecnológico de Monterrey, and Thomas M Philips, Associate Professor at UCLA.

The latest news on mobile learning will be discussed with an aim to better understand the educational promises, limitations and risks of new ICT tools and pedagogies. Expert panelists will examine some of the ways technology is fostering innovation throughout the education sector: at the level of systems, schools, classrooms and individuals. The panel will also debate how innovations in mobile technology can best transform pedagogy.

 

For more information on #EFF17Edu Debate: http://bit.ly/EFF17mlw

To add your questions and comments to the debate via Twitter please use the #EFF17Edu hashtag.

 

Education Fast Forward (EFF) is a charity and their purpose is to develop and grow a global movement of teachers, students, leaders and policy makers who understand education’s challenges well and will support each other in tackling them and so will accelerate improvement of education and education’s systems so they move faster forward.

 

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JOIN EFF and UNESCO to debate how Mobile Technology is Strengthening Life-Long learning

 

JOIN this Important Global Debate - Innovation and Quality: Two Sides of Same Coin? - Monday March 7th at 6pm GMT. LIVE from @UNESCO Mobile Learning Week in Paris.

 

What are the pros and cons of Mobile Technology and how can it enhance Life-Long learning?

 

The 17th Education Fast Forward Global Debate entitled Innovation and Quality: Two sides of same coin?, will be streamed live on Monday 7th March 2016 at 6pm GMT from Mobile Learning Week in Paris at www.EFFDEBATE.ORG (There is no need to register for this free event).

 

The #EFF17Edu Debate will be chaired by Education World Forum Program Director Gavin Dykes.


Speakers will include Jim Knight, The Rt Hon. the Lord Knight of Weymouth, Mike Sharples, Professor of Educational Technology at The Open University, and Maria Soledad Ramirez Montoya, Professor and researcher at the School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences Tecnológico de Monterrey, and Thomas M Philips, Associate Professor at UCLA.

The latest news on mobile learning will be discussed with an aim to better understand the educational promises, limitations and risks of new ICT tools and pedagogies. Expert panelists will examine some of the ways technology is fostering innovation throughout the education sector: at the level of systems, schools, classrooms and individuals. The panel will also debate how innovations in mobile technology can best transform pedagogy.

 

For more information on #EFF17Edu Debate: http://bit.ly/EFF17mlw

To add your questions and comments to the debate via Twitter please use the #EFF17Edu hashtag.

 

Education Fast Forward (EFF) is a charity and their purpose is to develop and grow a global movement of teachers, students, leaders and policy makers who understand education’s challenges well and will support each other in tackling them and so will accelerate improvement of education and education’s systems so they move faster forward.

 

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JOIN EFF and UNESCO to debate how Mobile Technology is Strengthening Life-Long learning

 

JOIN this Important Global Debate - Innovation and Quality: Two Sides of Same Coin? - Monday March 7th at 6pm GMT. LIVE from @UNESCO Mobile Learning Week in Paris.

 

What are the pros and cons of Mobile Technology and how can it enhance Life-Long learning?

 

The 17th Education Fast Forward Global Debate entitled Innovation and Quality: Two sides of same coin?, will be streamed live on Monday 7th March 2016 at 6pm GMT from Mobile Learning Week in Paris at www.EFFDEBATE.ORG (There is no need to register for this free event).

 

The #EFF17Edu Debate will be chaired by Education World Forum Program Director Gavin Dykes.


Speakers will include Jim Knight, The Rt Hon. the Lord Knight of Weymouth, Mike Sharples, Professor of Educational Technology at The Open University, and Maria Soledad Ramirez Montoya, Professor and researcher at the School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences Tecnológico de Monterrey, and Thomas M Philips, Associate Professor at UCLA.

The latest news on mobile learning will be discussed with an aim to better understand the educational promises, limitations and risks of new ICT tools and pedagogies. Expert panelists will examine some of the ways technology is fostering innovation throughout the education sector: at the level of systems, schools, classrooms and individuals. The panel will also debate how innovations in mobile technology can best transform pedagogy.

 

For more information on #EFF17Edu Debate: http://bit.ly/EFF17mlw

To add your questions and comments to the debate via Twitter please use the #EFF17Edu hashtag.

 

Education Fast Forward (EFF) is a charity and their purpose is to develop and grow a global movement of teachers, students, leaders and policy makers who understand education’s challenges well and will support each other in tackling them and so will accelerate improvement of education and education’s systems so they move faster forward.

 

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Instructional Design for Mobile Learning - Canvas Network | Free online courses | MOOCs Starts May 4, 2015

Instructional Design for Mobile Learning - Canvas Network | Free online courses | MOOCs Starts May 4, 2015 | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
This course introduces participants to instructional design principles for teaching with mobile technology. Mobile technology is a growing and powerful trend; what opportunities does this trend present to those who design online learning? How can we leverage the affordances of mobile technology in ways that make sense for our teaching methods and student learning?
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Great topic taught within the Canvas MOOC Network.

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becool's curator insight, May 4, 2015 5:14 AM

Vraag me af of hier veel verschil op zit in vergelijking met instructional design voor een laptop. Iemand?

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Get Smart by Texting w/ @Text_Engine

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Get Smart by Texting w/ @Text_Engine | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Text Engine was developed to offer cell phone users a means to search the web using their text messaging service. This is great news for educators and students in low-income and rural communities.  

And that's a good thing, because while smartphones are popular, there is still a great need for text-only services in low-income and rural districts. There is also a need in districts like NYC that empower students to bring their own devices to school, but don't have the means to enable students to connect to the internet.  
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Think of the text capabilities of your phone as a search engine in your pocket?   Great tool and concept.  

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Think of the text capabilities of your phone as a search engine in your pocket?   Great tool and concept.  

Tony Guzman's curator insight, March 30, 2015 9:44 AM

In this short article and video advertisement learn how you can leverage a texting free tool to obtain Internet info. This is a great tool for anyone with limited data plan, or no data plan.

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Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit - Guest Post from Reshan Richards - EdTechTeacher

Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit - Guest Post from Reshan Richards - EdTechTeacher | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Dr. Reshan Richards: "Each of these approaches allows teachers and learner to capture and create moments of learning, excerpts of understanding, and reflections of experience. Let’s pretend to be one of my 5th-grade math students from last year participating in an activity about tessellating patterns. The activity was to figure out what individual shapes, when arranged in a flat pattern with touching sides, formed a closed tesselating patter (a regular tessellation). This activity involved using physical manipulative objects (pattern blocks), a piece of paper to document findings (journal workbook page), and NCTM Illumination’s Tessellation Creator website as resources for engaging in the experience of exploring regular tessellation. Here’s how the QFAT could be applied to this activity with an iPad."

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Janna Mattson's curator insight, March 5, 2015 1:37 PM

This tool has implications not only in the K-12 educational setting, but also in higher ed. It has the potential to support portfolio creation and on project based learning.

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6 Benefits of BYOD In The Classroom - eLearning Industry

6 Benefits of BYOD In The Classroom - eLearning Industry | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The Benefits of BYOD In The Classroom. Check the 6 Benefits of BYOD In The Classroom.

Via Shannon Mersand
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Thanks to Shannon Mersand for recommending this article.

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Karen Ellis's curator insight, February 1, 2015 10:07 PM

I think it is increasingly important for students to use their own devices in the classroom.  It is what they will use for learning when they are travelling home from class and when they are working on class work or assignments.  It just makes good sense.

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Free Online Event: All About iPads

Free Online Event: All About iPads | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The iPad is MUCH more than a tool for game playing and watching media... it's true! It's a wonderful way to engage your students and help you grow professionally.

Via Kay Lehmann
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Thanks to Kay Lehmann for this news!  Online Saturday November 15th.

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Kay Lehmann's curator insight, November 12, 2014 10:36 AM

This is Saturday, November 15 and it is my favorite price, free!

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PhotoMath & Reactions To It From Around The Web

PhotoMath & Reactions To It From Around The Web | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
You may have already heard about PhotoMath, the new iPhone app that lets you point it at a math problem on a textbook and then solves it while showing all the work involved.


Some are immediately reacting by citing it’s potential use in “cheating,” while others cheer that it might force math teachers and textbook publishers to be more creative in how they teach math.

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It is a cheater's dream or a way to provide instant process tutoring?

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Pauline Porcaro's curator insight, October 29, 2014 2:16 AM

Wow this opens up some good debates on how we teach maths! An app that does all the work

Irmgard Huppe's curator insight, October 31, 2014 6:57 AM

I think I will try this!

Lee Hall's curator insight, October 31, 2014 4:09 PM

I think it is helpful when you are working at home to be able to solve a problem and make sure it is right. I hated finding out I had completed a page of problems all the wrong way.

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Curated articles at the tap of a tag: E-Learning and Online Teaching Magazine:

Curated articles at the tap of a tag: E-Learning and Online Teaching Magazine: | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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Click through to an interactive graphic built using ThingLink.  

 

Click a few tags to see how Scoop.it dynamically assembles a magazine based on your choice of tags.

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PEW Research: Mobile Technology Fact Sheet

PEW Research: Mobile Technology Fact Sheet | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Key data points on mobile technology from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
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The mobile phone of today is bringing instant (nearly) access to information to EVERYONE (nearly).

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Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development: Mobile Learning - No Pedagogy Required!

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development: Mobile Learning - No Pedagogy Required! | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Brent Schlenker:


Despite the technology being the catalyst for changing everything, 21st Century Learning is about People, NOT technology. It's about the shift in power and control...


...It may be important for some people to understand pedagogy, but in the corporate world employees and customers just want convenient access to the information they need to be productive: No pedagogy required. 

Dennis T OConnor's insight:

I'm not sure I agree with Brent entirely.  Creating content capable of mobile delivery that is both accurate and engaging requires professional skills.  Locating, Evaluating and Ethically using mobile learning content takes a bit of training too.


I do completely agree that 21st Century information access shifts power and control from traditional sources like government agencies and universities to people everywhere.  


Learning how to learn, and becoming information fluent is what I teach people how to do.  It's not ivory tower stuff.  You can learn it independently or via organized online classes or (gasp) in an enlightened classroom.  There's the power! CHOICE!

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Mindy M Walker's curator insight, July 29, 2014 9:55 AM

#professionaldevelopment #corporatelearning #continuingEd

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10 Exciting Ways to Use Mobile Phones In the Classroom Infographic | e-Learning Infographics

10 Exciting Ways to Use Mobile Phones In the Classroom Infographic | e-Learning Infographics | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The 10 Exciting Ways to Use Mobile Phones In the Classroom Infographic presents 10 tips to create a conducive learning environment with the use of mobility.

Via Luísa Lima, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Dean J. Fusto
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How many k-12 classrooms confiscate mobile phones? 

How many welcome them? Can you flip your perception of mobile tech and make it work in your classroom?

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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, June 26, 2014 11:45 PM

Utilizar los celulares en el aula de manera inteligente.

Rocio Watkins's curator insight, June 27, 2014 12:30 AM

These are great ideas to make BYOD work every day. 

N Kaspar's curator insight, July 2, 2014 4:39 AM

Practical & effective suggestions that would work in a classroom or other learning situations.

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15 More Apps To Create Books On The iPad

15 More Apps To Create Books On The iPad | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
15 More Apps To Create Books On The iPad

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Saw this and thought of Ann Bell's great course: EDUC 641 Mobile Learning Instructional Design.  Participants design a classroom useful e-book as just one of many relevant activities.  3 grad units in 8 weeks learning cutting edge tech that applies to your job or classroom.  (Take a look.)

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Lee Hall's curator insight, May 29, 2014 1:10 PM

Several of these cost, but some are free. I like Story Creator and it is free.

A/Prof Jon Willis's curator insight, May 29, 2014 6:45 PM

I've been looking for some recommendations on book apps for ages - here are 15!

CanopéTUIC02's curator insight, June 12, 2014 2:50 PM

Voilà de quoi créer de belles histoires pour tous les âges.

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Darrell West: How mobile technology can improve education

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This is reliable research from an international point of view. Of particular interest are the findings on empowerment of women and the disadvantaged.

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Peter Mellow's curator insight, March 19, 12:05 AM

This is reliable research from an international point of view. Of particular interest are the findings on empowerment of women and the disadvantaged.

wernerio's curator insight, March 22, 12:03 PM

This is reliable research from an international point of view. Of particular interest are the findings on empowerment of women and the disadvantaged.

Wafaalrefaie's curator insight, March 23, 4:28 PM

This is reliable research from an international point of view. Of particular interest are the findings on empowerment of women and the disadvantaged.

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Improving Cross-Cultural Awareness and Communication through Mobile Technologies

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Keywords: Digital Media; Intercultural Communication; Intercultural Competencies;
Mobile Storytelling; Online Collaboration

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Mobilize | Mobilizing for Innovative Computer Science Teaching and Learning

Mobilize | Mobilizing for Innovative Computer Science Teaching and Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Computer science teaching and learning project using participatory sensing to educate and engage students in computational thinking and data analysis.
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This site helps students (and teachers) to learn how to think with data.  

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40 Uses For Smartphones in School | ExamTime

40 Uses For Smartphones in School | ExamTime | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The purpose of this article is simply to remove some of the negative connotations around smartphones and to consider new possibilities which we have at our disposal. In order for students to use smartphones in school responsibly, it is important that we set limits and rules beforehand.
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There's an old saying: " If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!"  As a teacher fighting over cell phones is a no win proposition. Here are some ways you can use the tool your students love to do a little teaching

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Eneritz Madariaga's curator insight, March 19, 2015 6:37 PM

Oso interesgarria ikasleen motibazioa sustatzeko!!

Zengin Çilingir Kale Anahtarcı's curator insight, March 23, 2015 7:58 PM

http://www.zengincilingir.com

Manuel Morilla Jaren's curator insight, March 30, 2015 4:41 AM

añada su visión ...

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Educade | Lesson Plans | CREATE A NARRATIVE-DRIVEN SCAVENGER HUNT WITH AURASMA

Educade | Lesson Plans | CREATE A NARRATIVE-DRIVEN SCAVENGER HUNT WITH AURASMA | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Aurasma can encourage learners to go beyond the classroom to connect and enhance what they learn by pulling resources from the physical and the digital and then sharing those augmented reality scenes with others.


Learning Objectives:

  • Write a multi-part fictional narrative that logically ties in with actual locations on the school campus.
  • Create an engaging narrative experience for the reader through expressive and provocative narration, animation, and/or images.
  • Evaluate and deconstruct the narratives of others through class-wide discussion and reflection of own narrative.
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Ah the things we can do with mobile phones and big net tech. A project using Aurasma could make your school year sing. 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 24, 2015 12:11 PM

Ah the things we can do with mobile phones and big net tech. A project using Aurasma could make your school year sing. 

Karen E Smith's curator insight, March 27, 2015 9:26 AM

I am using this and enjoy it.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, August 18, 2:35 AM
Sooo interesting! AR turned into fun learning, not just a "watch in awe"
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The Global Learning XPRIZE - YouTube

Published on Sep 22, 2014

The $15M Global Learning XPRIZE is a competition that challenges teams from around the world to develop open source and scalable software that will enable children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic.


The learning solutions developed by this prize will enable a child to learn autonomously. And, those created by the finalists will be open-sourced for all to access, iterate and share. This technology could be deployed around the world, bringing learning experiences to children otherwise thought unreachable, who do not have access to quality education, and supplementing the learning experiences of children who do.

Dennis T OConnor's insight:

I heard Ray Kurzweil speak in the mid 90's about right now. He predicted computer power, following Moore's Law, would continue exponential growth to the point where AI could manifest the perfect teacher, capable of adapting perfectly to the learner and able to individually educate each person on the planet and allow everyone to maximize their potential.   


The Global Learning X-prize is a part of this vision. Explore it. 

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Chilean Students invent mobile monitoring system to collect biomedical data

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Learning is Global.  Entrepreneurship and the recognition of talent can change the world (one idea and one student at a time). 


Hear it from the source: http://vimeo.com/78736943


This is a feel good story. 

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7 Tips To Repurpose eLearning Content for Mobile Learning

7 Tips To Repurpose eLearning Content for Mobile Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
How Can eLearning Professionals Repurpose eLearning Content for Mobile Learning? Check 7 Tips To Repurpose eLearning Content for Mobile Learning.

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Flipped Classroom / Gaming / Mobile Learning: How is your school planning to use these technologies?

Flipped Classroom / Gaming / Mobile Learning: How is your school planning to use these technologies? | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

SmartBrief on EdTech last week polled readers about a few top tech-based approaches to learning that have been making news in education. Our goal was to gain insight about how prevalent these approaches will be in classrooms across the country during the new school year.

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See how your school compares with the sample polled in this study.

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How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning (And What You Can Learn From Them) - InformED

How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning (And What You Can Learn From Them) - InformED | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
n less than a decade, mobile technology has spread to the furthest corners of the planet. Of the estimated 7 billion people on Earth, 6 billion now have access to a working mobile phone. Africa, which had a mobile penetration rate of just 5% in the 1990s, is now the second largest and fastest growing mobile phone market in the world, with a penetration rate of over 60% and climbing.

Cited From: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/how-educators-are-practicing-mobile-learning/#ixzz3823Nvmxn
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The mobile phone is the ultimate hand held computer. It's what we hoped for watching Star Trek on TV.  Beam me up Scotty to a world of infinite information and connectivity... from anywhere on the Planet. 


See what's happening and how things are changing from around the world! 

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Cell Phones and Daggers: Moocs, Disruption and Change

Cell Phones and Daggers: Moocs, Disruption and Change | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Mulukan Ayalu, who may be the busiest man in Dalifagi (Paul Salopek, 2013) http://outofedenwalk.nationalgeographic.com/files/2013/01/Paul-Salopek-Oasis3-1024x683.jpg


Combine inexpensive mobile technology with the archived course content available right now, add translation software and satellite bandwidth and the possibility of reaching across the globe into the most remote spots on the planet becomes real.  

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How do you see the disruptive power of open education, moocs and mobile tech?

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David J MacFadyen's curator insight, June 27, 2014 7:28 PM

Just a hint in this link, but the imbedded link on a remote African town is mind blowing. MOOCs make lives better for those with the self-guided learning skills needed to learn independently.

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Skype Translator Will Let You Speak To Anyone -- Even If They Speak Another Language

Skype Translator Will Let You Speak To Anyone -- Even If They Speak Another Language | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Language barriers are about to be broken way down.

Microsoft showed off its Skype Translator feature at the inaugural Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Tuesday.

Skype Translator allows users speak to into the video chatting...
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

I recall the concept of the Babel Fish introduced by Douglas Adams in the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Universe.  Stick the fish in your ear and it became a intergalactic translator.  


Skype is a far cry from the Babel Fish, but it does promise to increase communication between people (at least for those in range of an Internet connection.

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Pablo Alén Feal's curator insight, June 14, 2014 3:55 AM

Hablar en Skype en diferentes idiomas

GwynethJones's curator insight, June 15, 2014 12:35 PM

So cool!

Da Rajib's comment, March 28, 2015 6:46 AM
Hello! Thank you for your article. I’d like to try to compare it to my previous experience of learning polish through Skype on online classes. I did around 10 conversations over Skype with a native speaker from http://preply.com/en/polish-by-skype. And I was pretty satisfied with their Quality. I think they have a strong teaching quality, practicing their course curriculum now I can speak polish like a native but i don't need to go any school, but I Want to try another option.

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